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Return to Goree

Director: Pierre-Yves Borgeaud

Country:  Switzerland, Luxembourg

Year of Production:  2007

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Synopsis

Internationally acclaimed Senegalese singer YOUSSOU N'DOUR explores Africa's enduring musical legacy from its historical roots in the slave trade, to its far reach across the globe in RETURN TO GOREE.

With renowned jazz pianist MONCEF GENOUD, their journey takes them from the Goree trading post, where African slaves were processed on to ships bound for the Americas, to Atlanta, New Orleans, New York City and finally Luxembourg. Revealing the history of jazz, the rich legacy of their ancestors and the influence on the cultures they became part of.

RETURN TO GOREE gathers together some of the world's most exceptional musicians and singers from gospel, traditional jazz and soul, including IDRIS MUHAMMAD, ERNIE HAMMES and GREGOIRE MARET and culminates in an exclusive 'one off' live concert on the island of Goree.

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Cast

Starring: 

Youssou N'Dour, Moncef Genoud, Idris Muhammad, Ernie Hammes, Gregoire Maret, Amiri Baraka

Credits

Director: Pierre-Yves Borgeaud

Producers:  Jean-Louis Porchet, Gerard Ruey, Nicolas Steil, Emmanuel Getaz

Production Details

Country:  Switzerland, Luxembourg

Year of Production:  2007

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  112 minutes

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Documentary

DVD Release Date:  26th January 2009

Reviews

SONGLINES

"powerful"

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MOJO MAGAZINE

"Pierre-Yves Borgeaud's documentary thrives on throwing darkness onto sunlight and watching how its subjects come to terms with one of the greatest stains on human history"

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MOJO MAGAZINE

TIME OUT

"absorbing... a transcendent experience"

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TIME OUT

NEW YORK TIMES

"Mellow as buttermilk and twice as nutritious... a magical history tour"

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NEW YORK TIMES

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"touching, sad... and ultimately uplifting... unforgettable filmmaking"

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

"uplifting and heartwarming"

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LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

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